\ ˈchāst How to pronounce chaste (audio) \
chaster; chastest

Definition of chaste

1 : innocent of unlawful sexual intercourse
2 : celibate Monks lead a chaste life.
3 : pure in thought and act : modest was sincerely trying to be chaste
4a : severely simple in design or execution : austere chaste classicism the pure, chaste lines of ancient Greek buildings

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Other Words from chaste

chastely adverb
chasteness \ ˈchās(t)-​nəs How to pronounce chasteness (audio) \ noun

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chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows. they maintained chaste relations pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions. the pure of heart modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity. preferred more modest swimsuits decent people didn't go to such movies

Examples of chaste in a Sentence

a chaste kiss on the cheek as one would expect, the minister's small talk is always chaste, even though he likes a joke as much as the next person
Recent Examples on the Web For a twentysomething memoir, Uncanny Valley is remarkably chaste. Malcolm Harris, The New Republic, "The Uneasy Promise of Life in Silicon Valley," 3 Feb. 2020 The conversations are chaste, flustered, adorably prosaic. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Jawline,” Reviewed: A Chilling Look at the Making of a Teen Influencer," 27 Aug. 2019 The actress told her ex-husband to marry her sister Staggs’ book is rife with details about Zsa Zsa’s husbands and lovers (from a chaste romance with the president of Turkey and an affair with her director, to allegations of abusive boyfriends). Sam Gillette,, "Zsa Zsa Gabor's Glamorous and Shocking Life: From Nine Husbands to Her Mental Health Battle," 30 July 2019 The Church requires its members to be chaste according to their state in life. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "Christian Schools Need to Do More than Plead for a Religious Exemption," 21 Oct. 2019 In the Middle Ages, it was thought that a drinking vessel often made from the horn of a cow could detect if a woman was chaste. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "A Test With No Answer," 30 Oct. 2019 By contrast, Ziming’s courtship of Mrs Yu is chaste and old-fashioned. The Economist, "A counter-revolutionary love story from Hong Kong," 14 Sep. 2019 Importantly, this prevailing myth conflicted with early constructions of the ideal mother, who was characterized as pure, chaste, and white., "a new survey of 2,700 US women published in June," 14 Sep. 2019 Green Acres was the only show among them to feature a married couple, and single characters were involved in chaste, casual romances. Sara K. Eskridge, Houston Chronicle, "Why Americans love Mayberry," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of chaste

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chaste

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin castus pure

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“Chaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chaste

old-fashioned : not having sex
: morally pure or decent : not sinful
: simple or plain


\ ˈchāst How to pronounce chaste (audio) \
chaster; chastest

Kids Definition of chaste

1 : pure in thought and act : modest
2 : simple or plain in design

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